Russia is such a Gothic nexus that it breeds vampire moths.
Their discovery must have been quite the surprise:
When the Russian moths were experimentally offered human hands this summer, the insects drilled their hook-and-barb-lined tongues under the skin and sucked blood.
Lest you think there's a global epidemic of the critters, here's evidence for an especially Russian breed of bloodsucking moth-things:
Entomologist Jennifer Zaspel at the University of Florida in Gainesville said the discovery suggests the moth population could be on an "evolutionary trajectory" away from other C. thalictri populations...
"Based on geography, based on behavior, and based on a phenotypic variation we saw in the wing pattern, we can speculate that this represents something different, something new," Zaspel said.
Russia: redefining real-life Gothic, monster by monster.
(thanks to Stevem Burnett)